One time before the 2004 election I was hanging out with the delightful Julius Schulman at the MAK Center and he was telling everyone how he got a donation solicitation from the Republican party and so then he attached a penny to it with scotch-tape and mailed it back to them in the provided stamped … Continue reading

Arbeit Monamour

I spend my early teen years swooning over novels, films and the music of genius—soaking in it my existential pain until crisis knocked at 16 and I faced reality. Talented, individualistic and bright enough to admit that I, unfortunately, am not one, I resolved to substitute genius with hard work. Who would have thunk that … Continue reading


As we stood outside the pool in formation in Rumania in 1977 listening to the extremely scary instructor my heart was just racing. Thank god I knew how to swim, the Olympic-sized pool looked cold and enormous. Indeed, sometime in the middle of class my hypothesis was confirmed. With a loud whistle we were all … Continue reading

Consciousness Raising

Before my mom started privately tutoring English we didn’t have very much money, so instead of attending a fancy painting class on the top of the mountain I took the bus to the old part town, where, upon portfolio-based admittance, classes were free at the municipal extra-curricular center. My gifted fellow students were minorities and … Continue reading